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Physical and sexual assault histories among psychiatric outpatients
Am J Psychiatry 1989;146:755-758.
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Using a semistructured interview, the author obtained complete histories of experiences of being physically or sexually assaulted from 31 psychiatric outpatients. The majority (68%) of outpatients had experienced major physical and/or sexual assaults, and most assaults had not been revealed to the patients' prior therapists. Circumstances associated with the assaults, a comparison of outpatient and inpatient assault histories, and the relevance of the findings to clinical practice are discussed.

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